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           === No. 25 Wisconsin hits road to tangle with Illinois ===
 
 Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - After making their return to the Top-25,
 No. 25 Wisconsin will face a tough Big Ten Conference road test at Illinois on
 Saturday night.
 
 Wisconsin began the season ranked in the preseason poll and were able to climb
 to No. 20 following a fast 2-0 start, but with a couple of difficult road
 losses to Arizona (32-30) and Ohio State (31-24), it promptly fell from the
 ranks. The Badgers bounced back in a big way last weekend in their homecoming
 game by downing Northwestern, 35-6, to move to 2-1 in the Big Ten.
 
 "These kids prepared," Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson said. "It obviously
 means a lot to them every single week, but the ability to get in this position
 and win at home against really good football team, and we all know that
 Northwestern is a very, very good football team...I'm proud of this team."
 
 Illinois has been one of the Big Ten's biggest surprises during the first half
 of the season, and at 3-2, it has already surpassed its win total from the
 disastrous 2012 season (2-10). The Illini entered league play in their latest
 contest on Oct. 5 at Nebraska and were handed a 39-19 defeat. They have now
 dropped 15 consecutive Big Ten matchups dating back to the 2011 season.
 
 This marks the 80th meeting between these two programs, with the series
 knotted up at 36-36-7. The Badgers have had the upper hand of late, beating
 the Illini in seven of the last eight matchups.
 
 Wisconsin's offense has been outstanding this season, scoring 37.2 ppg, but in
 a Big Ten filled with high-scoring teams that number is good for just fifth in
 the league. It is the conference's top offense in terms of yardage (519.5
 ypg), however.
 
 Joel Stave runs the offense and has been impressive with 1,297 yards and 11
 touchdowns on 61.8 percent completions, but he's been plagued by six
 interceptions, and as good as the offense has performed, he knows that it is
 capable of even more.
 
 "There's things to tighten up (with the offense)," Stave said. "There's room
 for improvement, as there always is. It's never going to be perfect, but
 that's the goal. We're going to watch (the tape), learn from it and make sure
 we're continuing to strive for perfection."
 
 Unfortunately for Stave and the Badgers, it appears as though they might be
 without one of the nation's best receivers in this matchup, as Jared
 Abbrederis is doubtful after suffering a concussion last week. He has racked
 up 35 receptions, 646 yards and five touchdowns, and in his absence James
 White (18 receptions, 160 yards) will likely serve as the top target.
 
 Luckily, Wisconsin has the nation's fifth-ranked rushing attack to lean on, as
 the squad puts up 298.2 yards per game on the ground. Melvin Gordon is in the
 midst of a breakout campaign during his sophomore season with 870 yards (third
 in FBS) and eight touchdowns. White also gets involved with 574 yards and five
 scores, and Corey Clement makes the most of his limited touches with 353 yards
 and four touchdowns.
 
 Defensively, few teams in the FBS can compete with the Badgers. They yield
 just 267.3 ypg, and their scoring defense (13.2 ppg) ranks first in the
 conference and fifth in the nation.
 
 Chris Borland is the defensive catalyst. His 56 tackles are more than twice as
 many as any of his teammates, and he has also racked up 3.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks.
 Sojour Shelton has picked off three passes, while Warren Herring (4.5 TFL, 3.0
 sacks) and Vince Biegel (2.0 sacks) help create a pass-rush.
 
 The Illinois offense has nearly been as impressive as Wisconsin's, as it ranks
 in the upper half of the Big Ten in both scoring (36.0 ppg) and yardage (457.2
 ypg), while also converting third downs at a 48 percent clip.
 
 Nathan Scheelhaase has been one of the league's most impressive signal
 callers, ranking third in both yards (1,297) and touchdowns (12), and his
 completion percentage (.642) is the best among Big Ten quarterbacks with at
 least 100 attempts. He has also protected the football for the most part with
 just four interceptions.
 
 Josh Ferguson is one of the most versatile tailbacks in the nation. Not only
 does he lead the team in rushing with 310 yards and a touchdown on 49
 attempts, but he is Scheelhaase's favorite target in the passing game as well,
 reeling in 20 balls for 344 yards and three touchdowns. Donovonn Young is also
 heavily utilized with 269 yards and three scores.
 
 Ryan Lankford acts as a viable deep threat, tallying 236 yards and a touchdown
 on just 11 receptions.
 
 The Illini have had some issues on the defensive side of the ball, allowing
 opposing teams to score 27.6 ppg on 449.8 ypg.
 
 Jonathan Brown is one of the Big Ten's top tacklers with 60 stops and 6.5 TFL.
 The unit has created only five turnovers through five games, with Taylor
 Barton recording the only interception.
 
 
 
 10/16 10:46:08 ET

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